Vasyl Lomachenko's Record For Holding His Breath Underwater Is 4 Minutes And 30 Seconds
There's a reason why Vasyl Lomachenko is the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. Hard work and dedication.
The 31-year-old, who will attempt to unify all of the belts in the lightweight division when he comes up against Luke Campbell next month, is known for his bizarre training methods to stay at the top.
And perhaps his most impressive routine involves him holding his breath underwater for a long period of time.
Lomachenko's current record stands at an incredible 4 minutes and 30 seconds, something he believes gives him an advantage in the latter stages of a bout.
"My record is 4 minutes and 30 seconds. I did that before my second Olympic Games in 2012." he told GQ Magazine.
"It took me years to reach that level. Right now, I can hold my breath for about three minutes, but if I trained every day to do it, I believe I could break my record.
"It's how you gain control over the fight and your opponent. Because of this, I am as strong in the twelfth round as I am in the first."
He recently revealed in an interview with talkSPORT that his father is the one behind these unusual methods.
"[The training methods are] the idea of my father." he said.
"My father is my main coach and every time he gives me a different exercise. One of them is speedball with [a tennis ball]. 'That gives you god reactions and co-ordination.
"Underwater [exercises] trains your mind and your psychology. It's helped me."
"My father was my coach and he gave me different exercises."- talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 22, 2019
"Going underwater trains your mind and your psychology. It's helped me." :ocean:
"4 minutes and 30 seconds underwater is my record." :open_mouth:@VasylLomachenko discusses his training methods :punch:@MatchroomBoxing@TRBoxing pic.twitter.com/TNSlLT73sW
Lomachenko's training methods also include juggling, handstands and street skating to aid his coordination and power in the ring.
"I have done these exercises since I was an amateur boxer. It trains both my mind and body to be prepared for any situation." he told GQ Magazine.
"I tore my labrum in my fight against Jorge Linares last year, and still came back to knock him out."
Vasyl Lomachenko going through this hand eye coordination tennis ball workout! :punch: :tennis: pic.twitter.com/5cQoSwTt1X- BoxNation (@boxnationtv) November 9, 2016
He really is a different animal.